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Absolutely. As many of the other posts have mentioned, various forms of electronic information is available "at your fingertips" now, replacing the outdated information of encyclopedias and other reference material normally found only in libraries. Now, with a simple visit to Google or Wikipedia, answers can be found in mere seconds. PCs have given way to laptops which have in turn given way to hand-held devices able to produce virtually any form of info or entertainment in any environment.
With the wider access to information due to the ever expanding developments in technology, the role of the teacher has changed over time. Teachers are now more facilitators - teaching how and where to access information, how to process it and assess its validity - rather than the 'sage on th stage' who imparts raw information.
As others have said, technological advancements become useful tools in the teacher's ever expanding box of engagement tools. Technology can also be invaluable in the drive for educationalequality. Equipment and software for physically challenged students and those who experience learning challenges makes education accessible to more people than ever.
While it is true that technology has had an impact on education through easier access of information, access to more information, and through providing more support to teaching, there are some other aspects of technology's impact that we should talk about. First, technology in the classroom offers a means of providing information in a format with which students are becoming more and more familiar. This also makes it more "entertaining" perhaps. By the same token, the access to so much information could mean a greater propensity for students to use it inappropriately as in plagiarising.
Not only is it true that technology has an impact on education, I think we can say that education should make efforts positively to incorporate technology into the subject matter.
Technology represents a set of tools. Students should graduate from school with a knowledge of how to use those tools effectively and competently.
As always, knowledge is power. What you know gets you through your day.
One of the greatest advantages of technology for education is the ease with which students can now access information. I have seen a huge shift in education away from memorizing details to developing and honing their research skills. Students must know how to find and use information from credible sources.
I certainly agree with this statement. We have more knowledge and means of communication available at our fingertips than ever before in history, and this certainly has had a tremendous impact on most classrooms, allowing us to learn and be in touch with one another in innumerable new ways. However, I tend to think that technology is just one tool in my tool belt as a teacher, and that the basic principles of education remain, and should remain, untouched. We tend to be a bit too enthralled with all the bells and whistles at our disposal now, and bells and whistles can be quite a distraction from learning. All technology, for whatever its purpose, is a two-edged sword.
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